The USAID Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) Project has turned over looms and weaving materials to the weavers’ groups in Marawi.
USAID SURGE has partnered with the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), ECHOSi Foundation, and the Provincial Training Livelihood and Development Center of Lanao del Sur in implementing the Weaving Hope in Marawi Project, which provides assistance to four weavers’ groups in the city, the provincial government said.
The project supports the revival of traditional Maranao weaving as an alternative livelihood in communities in Marawi affected by the siege last year.
SURGE and its partners are providing start-up materials to at least 100 women weavers to help them restart their weaving activities and market their products to potential buyers, the local government said.
The ISIS-linked Maute terrorists attacked and occupied Marawi for about five months last year, killing hundreds of people and displacing tens of thousands of families.